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For all golfers, including low-handicap players

Sept. 12, 1955
Sept. 12, 1955

Table of Contents
Sept. 12, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • That's the cry that sends bankers, doctors and generals into the saddle for a five-day trek through Old California

  • From 36 states—and lands overseas—come the horsemen known as Los Rancheros Visitadores, an easy-going crew 500 strong that meets once a year in southern California. Riding, eating bulls' heads, or soaking guests, the Rancheros have fun

The Match Race
The Race—Mr. Fitz's Story
Conversation Piece:
Jones's Grand Slam
Keep In The Pink
  • This most common mishap should receive more than casual treatment

Rare Dogs
Tip From The Top
Matchwit*
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

For all golfers, including low-handicap players

Although there is a good deal of variation in the methods and styles of the top tournament stars, there is one fundamental, I have observed, that is common to all of them. This is the head position at impact. At the moment they strike the ball, the head is positioned two or three inches behind the ball.

This is an article from the Sept. 12, 1955 issue Original Layout

The large majority of golfers, struggling to improve their games and more often than not finding this very difficult, have no idea where their heads will be at impact. The average golfer habitually thrusts his head ahead of the ball—and slices the shot. Sometimes he is addicted to the opposite extreme: his head is a good many inches behind the ball at impact—which encourages hooking. For that matter, it is not uncommon for the average golfer to alter the position of his head from day to day or, even, from swing to swing. This defeats the very thing he is trying to get: consistently accurate shot production based on a steadfast "groove."

The time to get the head set properly, of course, is at the start of the swing when you are addressing the ball. Line yourself up so that your head is two or three inches behind the ball and anchor it there surely, not tensely but firmly. It's a key position.

from PETER THOMSON, British Open champion, 1954 and 1955

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONhead too far forwardILLUSTRATIONhead too far backILLUSTRATIONcorrect head position

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